Stephens Co. Commission Holding Called Meeting Today

Stephens County Commissioners will get their new year started with a called meeting later today to handle a number of business items. County commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. today in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa. During today’s meeting, the county commission will select a chair and a vice-chair for 2016. Also during […]

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Corps Introduces New Shoreline Use Rules

The New Year is bringing changes to the shoreline use rules for both Hartwell Lake and Thurmond Lake. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials say the changes impact property owners adjacent to these two Savannah District reservoirs and took effect on January 1. Corps Spokesman Russell Wicke said the first update changes the size of brush which can be removed […]

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New Year’s Traffic Numbers Released

The Georgia Department of Public Safety said 13 people were killed on Georgia highways over the New Year’s holiday period. State officials released the final count on Monday. This year’s New Year holiday period in Georgia ran from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Sunday for a total of 78 hours. Three of the traffic fatalities were reported by the Georgia […]

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Police Blotter

Toccoa Police are reporting that a man was arrested on Currahee Street on drug charges last week. According to a report on file with police, an officer encountered an individual identified as 35-year-old Todd Holder of Toccoa on West Currahee Street back on December 28. The officer reported that Holder allegedly was in possession of a glass pipe and a […]

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Sark Wire Shipping; NIFCO KTW Still Building

One of the companies that located in Stephens County in 2015 is now shipping out the product that it makes here. Sark Wire shipped its first local manufactured product from its Toccoa plant at the end of last month. Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said this is exciting news, but adds it is just the beginning for […]

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2015 Shows Increase in Rainfall From 2014

Rainfall statistics show that 2015 was a much wetter year than 2014. Here at the WNEG studios in downtown Toccoa, we measured 71.45 inches of precipitation in 2015. That is an increase of more than 23 inches of precipitation from 2014, when 47.96 inches of precipitation were measured in downtown Toccoa. However, 2015’s precipitation total comes up more than 12 […]

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Hartwell McDonald’s Closed To Be Re-built

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia One of Hartwell’s fast food restaurants is getting an overhaul down to the ground. The Hartwell’s McDonald’s will be torn down beginning sometime this week and totally rebuilt. It is owned by Terry Shugart, who also owns the McDonald’s in Lavonia, Franklin Springs and Elberton. Shugart said the current restaurant closed last week. “We […]

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Ga. DPS Gets Grant

The Georgia Department of Public Safety says it has been awarded a traffic safety H.E.A.T. grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for approximately $2.37 million to provide funding to continue the Georgia State Patrol Nighthawks DUI Task Force and Administrative License Suspension program. The primary goals of H.E.A.T, or Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic program, are to combat […]

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SCHS Basketball Wraps Up Non Region Play

Stephens County will enter the region portion of its schedule later this week after wrapping up non-region play over the weekend. On Saturday, the Lady Indians and Indians traveled to Hartwell and both came away with losses against rival Hart County. In the girls’ game, the Lady Indians fell victim to a big third quarter as Hart County won the […]

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